A BOOMING IT business in Frodsham which is flying in the face of the economic downturn is planning to expand.

Frodsham Business Centre, Bridge Lane, has become a hub for IT companies and currently houses three companies, Medhurst, Marketchecker and Wilkins Software.

“The area is appealing to small and medium sized IT firms because it has offices equipped with everything they need at a much more competitive rate than city centre offices,” said Robert Longden, director of the centre.

Medhurst offers IT and communications support to businesses across the country. It moved into Frodsham Business Centre in 2004 and has tripled its workforce. The firm now handles contracts worth up to £100,000 a year.

Alistair Evans, managing director at Medhurst, said: “The level of service offered by Frodsham Business Centre is an extremely important factor in why we chose to base our operations here.Š

“Despite the economic downturn our business has continued to grow and the centre has been extremely flexible with its office space to accommodate us.

“This has enabled the business to grow without the disruption of searching for a new location that is cost effective and meets our needs.

“If we need to send an engineer to support a client we are only a stone’s throw way from the motorway which means we can react quickly to meet our customers’ needs across Greater Manchester, Liverpool and Cheshire.”

Medhurst now has plans for further expansion and is looking for people aged between 17 and 19 – who have a passion for IT – to join the company as part of a national apprenticeship scheme run by computer giant Microsoft.